The highly anticipated talent competition for young people will return with eleven new contestants on Saturday 12th of January in the Temperance Hall. Doors open at 8:15pm and the show will run until 10:30pm.
The Longford Youth Factor, which is the brainchild of the Foroige Attic youth Café, is in its fifth consecutive year. The talent show is an X Factor style competition with both judges and audience members voting to save contestants over a five-week period. Each week, contestants are given a theme to work with such as DIVA night, 90’s Pop, Irish week, etc, from which the contestant with the lowest votes will be eliminated from the competition.
The winner of the competition will receive €1,000 and a prestigious Longford Youth Factor glass trophy, with runners up prizes including €300 and €200. Longford Youth Factor organisers are urging parents and guardians to support them in their work by keeping a watchful eye on young people attending the event.
While the Youth Factor is fully supervised by dedicated and trained volunteers, it is important for parents and guardians to support the volunteers work by ensuring their children arrive safely and are collected directly after the show.
Regional Youth Officer for Longford, Mr Jim Maher, explained to the Leader some guidelines parents and guardians should follow when allowing their children to the Longford Youth Factor.
“Whilst the Attic Volunteers are vigilant in keeping a watchful eye on proceedings within the hall, it is important to the smooth running of the event that parents are vigilant in the hours prior to the event,” said said.
The Attic Youth Café has a strict zero tolerance policy on Drugs and Alcohol. Any young person found in possession or under the influence of alcohol will be asked to attend the Drug and Alcohol officer on site where parents will be contacted and/or Gardaí. This policy is in place to ensure that the young person is safe from any harm.
The following are things that Jim said parents should watch out for:
When young people are asking to stay in friends’ houses when an event is happening, this can be completely innocent but also can be an opportunity to experiment with alcohol.
Parents should ensure to contact other parents of friends to confer with arrangements; this is not breaking the trust of your child but merely ensuring their well-being.
If the event is at 8:15pm until 10:30pm, parents should ensure that their child arrives at the designated time and is collected directly after the show. If your child is meeting up with friends at an earlier time to that of the event parents should be aware of whom, why and where they are meeting?
If you have alcohol in the house, please ensure you know exactly how much you have and that it is in a secure place.
Parents should be aware of the admission cost of €5
The Longford Youth Factor is strictly for secondary school children; if you are in to support your friend or relative and are underage you must be accompanied by your parents.
Longford Youth Factor starts this Saturday for five weeks, doors open at 8:15pm and the event finishes at 10:30pm. Admission €5
“On behalf of the Attic Youth Cafe and the Longford Youth Factor I would like to thank parents and guardians for all the support in the work that we are doing for the young people in Co. Longford,” Jim added.
If you have and queries in relation to the Attic or Longford Youth Factor competition please contact Jim Maher on 086 9672920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org